Its a great time to familiarize yourself with CMS' new ID cards. These cards will begin shipping to all Medicare beneficiaries in April 2018 and CMS expects to complete the shipments by April 2019.
The goal of this new initiative is to start removing social security numbers from patient ID cards. With the rising prevalence of identity theft, this move is intended to enhance PHI protection measures for Medicare beneficiaries.
When information such as this comes out it provides a great opportunity to educate your intake staff. Explain whats happening so they can educate patients on what to expect. Give examples of what the new cards will look like and use the resources available to answer any questions your staff may have.
Don't forget to prepare a refresher course for next spring. If you need more info on CMS' new card initiative, you can find it here.
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